LUIDNGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC FISHING TOURNAMENT – Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament

July 15th-21st, 2024

Lake Michigan fishing yields some great salmon, and now’s your chance to grab some big money along with those fish! The Ludington Offshore Classic sponsored by Captain Chuck’s takes place each July. This tournament is open to any boat 18′ or longer equipped with a marine radio. Registrations must be completed online. Shotgun starts are at 6am and by 2pm, all boats must be inside the pier heads (except for Youth Tournament, where boats must be in by noon). Weigh-ins occur in a drive-through fashion in the parking lot at 3pm at Waterfront Park. There will be no food, drink, or merchandise available on site.

Over 100 boats entered last year’s tournament. The 2022 winner in the pro division was the crew of Pure Injection and they claimed the top prize. The winner of the Big Boys competition was the team from Fin Scout.

Here's the Most Updated Event Schedule:

Monday, July 15th, 2024

  • 6pm – Big Boys Captains Meeting

Tuesday, July 16th & Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

Big Boy's Tournament, sponsored by Auto Owner's Insurance

  • 6am – Shot-gun Start
  • 2pm – Boats must be inside the Ludington pier heads
  • 11am-3pm– Weigh-in at Waterfront Park Parking Lot

Awards immediately follow weigh-in on Wednesday.

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

Ludington Legends Memorial Tournament, sponsored by Great Lakes Gear

  • 6am– Shot-gun Start
  • 2pm – Boats must be inside the Ludington pier heads
  • 11am-3pm – Weigh-in at Waterfront Park – Parking Lot
  • Immediately following weight-in – Awards
  • 6pm – Youth Classic & Michelob Ultra Ladies Pro/Am Captains Meetings

Friday, July 19th, 2024

Ladies Pro/Am & Big Fish Tournament, sponsored by Michelob Ultra AND Youth Tournament, sponsored by Safe Harbor Credit Union

  • 6am – Shot-gun Start
  • 1pm – All Youth boats must be in harbor
  • 1-2pm – Youth Weigh-in at Waterfront Park – Parking Lot
  • 2pm – Ladies Boats must be inside the Ludington pier heads
  • 2-3pm – Ladies Weigh-in at Waterfront Park – Parking Lot
  • Ladies & Youth Awards to Follow
  • 6pm – Ludington Offshore Classic Pro/Am Captains Meeting

Saturday, July 20th, 2024

Ludington Offshore Classic Pro/Am, presented by Dreamweaver Lures & Grand Haven Custom Molding

  • 6am – Shot-gun Start
  • 2pm – Boats must be inside the Ludington pier heads
  • 11am-3pm– Weigh-in at Waterfront Park Parking Lot

Sunday, July 21st, 2024

Ludington Offshore Classic Pro/Am

  • 6am – Shot-gun Start
  • 2pm – Boats must be inside the Ludington pier heads
  • 11am-3pm– Weigh-in at Waterfront Park Parking Lot
  • Awards will follow secret cooler weigh-in

Some have called the Ludington tournament one of most organized and best run tournaments in four states, and it is the largest freshwater salmon tournament in the United States.

Payouts are based upon number of entries. Anticipated winnings for the top three places are:

Ludington Offshore Classic Big Boys

  • $10,000 1st Place Pro

Ruboy Thursday Shoot-Out

  • $3,000 1st Place
  • $1,500 2nd Place
  • $700 3rd Place
  • $500 Big Fish Prize

Dreamweaver Lures Youth Classic (17 years and younger)

  • $3,000 1st Place
  • $2,000 2nd Place
  • $1,000 3rd Place

Bud Light Ladies Pro/Am

  • $1,000 1st place each division
  • $500 1st place each division, Big Fish

Off-Shore Classic Pro/Am

  • $10,000 1st Place Pro (based on 30 boats). 100% payout guaranteed.

Captain Chuck’s Big Fish Tournament

  • $2,000 1st Place
  • $1,500 2nd Place
  • $1,000 3rd Place

For more information on the Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament, please contact the event organizer:

Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce

5300 W. US-10, Ludington, MI  49431

(231) 845-0324

offshoreclassic.com

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